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Getting involved with voluntary and community groups allows you to help others. It could sharing information about ways to donate safely and effectively, raising funds locally for humanitarian appeals, gathering essential items for families in need in your local area, or supporting refugees in other ways.

Connecting with local community groups and local refugee support charities to lend a hand is a great way to offer support, and there are also routes into more formal volunteering. You could register with your local volunteer centre or become a Community Reserve Volunteer with British Red Cross. You might not be needed straight away, but by being registered you’ll be the first to hear when there are opportunities.

Businesses and humanitarian support

Businesses can play an important role in supporting people through humanitarian crises. This could be through offering your expertise, funding to support a project, premises, or other specialist goods. The key messages are:

  • Financial/cash donations are often more effective than in-kind donations.
  • Build connections with charities who are helping people impacted by humanitarian crises, either at home or abroad, and explore how your business could support if needed. For example you can reach out to your local refugee support charities to find out what support they might need
  • Business in the Community has advice on how your business can be socially responsible 

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